The second edition of Daniel Bailey's intoxicated battle cry of a sonnet sequence.From
forgiveness in a beehive to tiny banquets for retired janitors, Bailey's poems have been wept and clutched and dropped all over, but they will still be there in the morning when your heart catches a shake.
by Karen Munro at Reading Local: Portland:
"[The poems] are by turns funny, loopy, morose, intense, impossible to
understand, completely familiar, and involved in their own private jokes
and half-pickled ideas."
by Erin McNellis at Uncomplicatedly:
"... As we feel our way back from posturing in silly haircuts to
occasionally being able to say what we mean, we are going to encounter a
lot of weird situations that look a lot like Bailey’s poems."
by Jon Cone at A Cabinet of Ordinary Ferocities: "Perhaps these poems aren’t intended to be my pleasure, yet they are. I have no difficulty placing them beside Ted Berrigan’s Sonnets ... In the distance is Petrarch and closer but still at some remove is
Shakespeare and his monumental sonnets, that cathedral in words, but I
can see it from where I sit, I really can."
by Barry Graham at Dogzplot: "Reminiscent of the best parts of Plath’s Bell Jar,
these sonnets are mad and hopeless. They offer no solutions, no
redemption, just a human being stripped to blood and tiny fragments of
by Joseph Goosey at The Rumpus:
"Daniel Bailey is a genius. Daniel Bailey’s poems may or may not be
genius and that is precisely the reason why Daniel Bailey is, in fact, a
by Justin Taylor at the Poetry Foundation:
"The poems are concerned with subjects ranging from the vicissitudes of
love to how messed up the world is to how wasted the author is, which
is to say that they swervingly plow that oversharing, oversincere land
that is the sharecrop acreage of all world-class drunks."
by Vlad Osso at the Molossus:
"The accomplishment of Bailey’s all-caps sonnets ... transcend the
gimmick of their genesis to achieve a sort of beauty that aches with
by Natalie Chin at milk.herbonestructure.com:
"i like the soft-texture of the cover, when i drag my fingers across it it feels carpety in a plushy way.. also like the cover art it’s friendly but not too cute.. rowan said it looks like it feels nice and i said try it and she said yup it does ... i liked the paper, the font isn’t intrusive it looks like a variation of times new romans i think ... i like that when turning to the next page i could consistently expect two things: that the poems would be in capitals and they would have been written when drunk."
• AROUND THE INTERNET •
Zachary Whalen: "This book is like a crazy homeless man that runs into your bedroom
screaming and distributing Xeroxed pamphlets in a haphazard fashion, but
somehow he ends up becoming your best friend and you ride a Ferris
wheel together and you both stare off at the distant lights of the earth
and the stars in the sky and contemplate the mistakes you've made in
your respective lives in a calm, accepting manner."
Jamie Iredell: "I am scared of what Daniel Bailey writes because he's good at it." J.A. Tyler: "More complex than the title admits." DJ Berndt: "The poems are sad and beautiful and funny." Ani Smith: "Some people just have puppy power bursting out of the drawing on their goddamn bellies." Justin Tenley: "I have never laughed out loud so often while reading anything." Elizabeth Ellen: "A fine book to open upon returning home from a Holiday party." Adam Robinson: "Behind the case-insensitivity there is real sensitivity." Christopher Newgent: "If poems were kung fu, Daniel’s kung fu would be good–like, Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique good."